The Arkansas State University Athletic Training Education Program (ATEP) is designed to prepare students for the challenges of the expanding allied health profession of athletic training. Through the combination of extensive classroom and clinical experiences in athletic training, graduates of the program achieve the entry-level competencies necessary to challenge the certification examination offered by the National Athletic Trainers' Association Board of Certification (BOC) and embark on a career as a certified athletic trainer (ATC®). The ATEP is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE) through the 2021-2022 academic year. Interested students should contact the Athletic Training Program Director at (870) 972-3066 for more information.
College Student Personnel Services
The purpose of the M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Services is to train entry level professionals for a broad array of student services positions in higher education. The program has a heavy emphasis on developing skills in the areas of psychology and counseling. There are two program tracks: Professional Practice and College Counseling.
Community College Teaching
The Specialist in Community College Teaching Program provides a sixth-year intermediate degree to prepare teachers and administrators for the Community College. The teaching emphasis program of study will focus mainly upon the major field of specialization with adequate opportunities for breadth of preparation in the specialty area and cognate areas, and a background in research methods.
Curriculum and Instruction
The M.S.E. in Curriculum and Instruction is designed to prepare K-12 Directors of Curriculum and Instruction.
Early Childhood Education
The Early Childhood Education BSE program provides a strong foundation for individuals who plan to work with young children in various settings serving prekindergarten through grade four. Students experience multiple field experiences to ensure a strong foundation of applied skills as well as knowledge of child development, best practices, and content.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Early Childhood Education is to offer educators and educators-in-training a planned program of study focusing on the developmental and educational needs of young children. The program of study outlines herein leads to the successful completion of the graduate degree. This is not a "program of study" leading to initial teaching licensure.
Early Childhood Education - Special Education
The Early Childhood Education BSE program provides a strong foundation for individuals who plan to work with young children in grades prekindergarten through grade four who may exhibit developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities. Students are prepared to teach in varied classroom settings: regular, inclusive, and resource settings.
Early Childhood Services
The Master of Science in Early Childhood Services degree is a professional degree designed for individuals employed by agencies other than public schools that provide services directly or indirectly for young children. The individuals who work in these roles neither need nor desire licensure for public school teaching; therefore, there is no licensure requirement for entry into this program.
The Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Educational Leadership offers educators a program designed to improve their general educational and specific c professional competencies as leaders in the public school systems. The Specialist Degree program is designed to provide study beyond the Master's degree and is based on recommendations from professional organizations and accrediting associations.
The Masters Degree in Educational Leadership offers educators a planned program of study designed to improve their general educational and specific professional competencies as leaders in the public school systems. The degree is specifically designed to prepare building level administrators and is based on recommendations from professional organizations and accrediting associations.
The Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership provides the highest professional degree available in the field of education to students who aspire to administrative careers in either elementary, secondary, or collegiate levels.
Educational Theory and Practice
This program is for teachers who wish to improve their general understanding of curriculum theory and current practices and to increase their professionalism and competency in a variety of current educational issues. Some candidates in this constituency might also utilize this degree in seeking their National Board licensure.
The Arkansas State University Exercise Science program is designed to prepare students for a variety of jobs in commercial fitness, corporate fitness, and the clinical settings through the combination of course work and practical experiences provided in a supervised environment. Graduates of the program will be prepared to take certification exams offered through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Obtaining this degree along with nationally recognized certifications will prepare individuals to work in commercial, corporate, and clinical settings. For more information please contact the Exercise Science Program Director at (870) 972-3066.
The purpose of the Health Promotion program is to prepare health education and promotion specialists who will have the skills and competencies to exhibit leadership in developing effective health education and promotion programs. With such skills, graduates can make major contributions in improving the health of individuals and communities in Arkansas and beyond.
Master of Rehabilitation Counseling
The Master of Rehabilitation Counseling (M.R.C.) Program is designed to meet the growing demand for professionally trained rehabilitation counselors.
Mental Health Counseling
This certificate is intended for individuals who already hold a graduate degree in counseling or a closely related field. The purpose of this certificate program is to allow individuals currently working in mental health settings to upgrade their knowledge and skills related to working with clinical populations, allow individuals who have learned a degree in counseling or a closely related field with fewer than the required minimum hours for professional counseling licensure to add the necessary hours, and/or allow individuals with a license as a professional counselor to add one or more specialization licenses available through the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling.
Middle Level Education
The Middle-Level Education program is designed to prepare teachers to teach in grades 4-8 as a mathematics and science or as an English/language arts and social studies specialist and in grades four through six as a self-contained generalist.
The mission of the Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program is to develop graduates who recognize the importance of continuing professional development and have the ability to deliver developmentally appropriate curriculum to diverse learners. By effectively providing an appropriate curriculum, our graduates will positively impact their students by empowering them to develop skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to pursue healthy, active lifestyles.
The primary mission of the Psychology Programs is to provide a sound understanding of the basic principles of psychological science. This foundation will serve students who choose to earn advanced degrees in psychology or related fields, as well as those who enter people oriented occupations following graduation.
Psychology and Counseling
The Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Psychology and Counseling offers a planned program of studies designed to lead to state licensure in counseling, school psychology, and psychology. A Flexible Options Track is also available.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Reading is to offer educators and educators-in training a planned program of study focusing on skills and techniques of teaching reading including the diagnosis and remediation of reading problems.
The Specialist in Education (Ed.S) degree with a major in Reading offers educators an opportunity to expand their knowledge of reading Instruction and literacy leadership beyond the Master’s level.
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in School Counseling is to train school counseling professionals with expert skills in coordinating school counseling programs, supporting the teaching/learning process, counseling with students, and consulting with persons having significant influence on students' well-being and development.
The Ed.S. Degree in Psychology & Counseling with an emphasis on School Psychology prepares students for careers as School Psychologists. These professionals work with parents, teachers, students, educators, and others to best meet the educational and mental health needs of children.
Special Education, Gifted, Talented and Creative
The purpose of the Master of Science in Education degree with a major in Special Education— Gifted, Talented, and Creative (GTC) is to offer educators a planned program of study at the graduate level which is based on recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and NCATE.
Special Education, Instructional Specialist Grades 4-12
Students completing this program gain expertise in teaching students exhibiting developmental, learning and behavioral disabilities, and in consulting with general education teachers who have students with disabilities in their classrooms.
Special Education, Instructional Specialist Grades P-4
The purpose of the M.S.E. degree in Special Education — Instructional Specialist P-4— is to offer educators an advanced performance-based program of study based on the recommendations of professional organizations and accrediting associations such as the Council for Exceptional Child (CEC), Division of Early Childhood (CEC-DEC), and NCATE. This program prepares personnel to work in a variety of professional roles with young children with disabilities, birth through grade 4, and their families.
The M.S. Sport Administration degree in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences is designed to serve graduate students interested in preparing for management or administrative opportunities in professional sports, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, sport facilities, and sports marketing and management agencies.
The BS degree in Sport Management is designed to provide students the needed background, knowledge, and experiences to be prepared for careers in intercollegiate and professional athletics organizations, sport facility management (arenas/stadiums), campus and community recreation programs, sports information/public relations, sport marketing, sport news media, sporting goods, and academic programs in sport management.
The purpose of the Certificate in Student Affairs is to allow individuals currently working in institutions of higher education to upgrade their knowledge and skills related to working with college students. This includes individuals with no prior training in student affairs, and individuals with prior training in students affairs seeking to update their training or to expand their career potential.
Teaching Licensure (Middle Level and Early Childhood)
The purpose of this program is to provide an additional quality pathway to AR teacher licensure for our region and state. Individuals seeking to enter public school teaching with bachelor’s degrees are eligible to earn initial licensure through the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The MAT includes Teacher Education core courses along with specialized courses to create a Masters Program for initial licensure in Early Childhood Education or Middle Level Education.